Ascension Day — because Jesus overcame all the powers of death

Ascension Day — because Jesus overcame all the powers of death

Written by: Thorleif Holm Andersen | Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012

When Jesus arose on the third day, He had received a glorified body, a body which was not bound to time or place.

Forty days passed from the day Jesus arose from the dead until the day He ascended into heaven. This was an important time, during which those who experienced being with Him became powerful witnesses to the fact that he had indeed arisen. The last time they were gathered, Jesus spoke the following words:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Acts 1: 8-9.

This was an historic moment. Jesus then went up to be with His Father and our Father. Now He could send the Holy Spirit to those who wanted to follow Him, so that we could become His brethren.

He went the way of humiliation

When Jesus lived here on earth He lived a life of humbling Himself.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name. Phil. 2: 8-9.
When Jesus went this way, He conquered all the powers of death. Death could not hold Him; therefore, He arose on the third day. When Jesus arose on the third day, he had received a glorified body, a body which was not bound to time or place. He revealed Himself to Mary Magdalene first:
Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17.

When Jesus went this way, he overcame all the powers of death.

Heavenly power

Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples who were on their way to Emmaus. He spoke to them and opened the scriptures for them so their hearts began to burn for heavenly things.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Phil. 3:20-21.

Happy are those who understand to make use of these heavenly powers.

 

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